United Houma Nation, Inc.

To maintain and foster our tribal culture, to protect our tribal homeland, to conserve and develop our natural resources, to promote the social and economic well-being of our people, and to govern, protect, and advance the common good of the United Houma Nation and the members of this Nation.

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Category: Human Services
Parish: Lafourche
The United Houma Nation, Inc. is the governing body of the 17,000+ citizens of the tribal nation located along the woven bayous and canals of southeast Louisiana. Since 1686, the UHN began its formal relationship with the French when Henri de Tonti was welcomed into the tribal village near modern day Baton Rouge. Always maintaining a strong relationship with the French, UHN culture has historically become intertwined with the French as early ancestors welcomed them into villages and intermarried. Over time tribal language also meshed with the French with tribal citizens speaking a blended Houma-French today. The close-knit relationship between the UHN and the French is as strong today as it was over 300 years ago. In 1999 the French government recognized and adopted the UHN into a global collaborative of Francophone Nations.

The United Houma Nation is a state recognized Native American Tribe located in Southeast Louisiana; it has approximately 17,500 citizens; approximately 12,800 enrolled tribal citizens that reside in the 6 Parishes of Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary, St Bernard, Jefferson and Plaquemines, making United Houma Nation the largest tribe in Louisiana. The nonprofit arm of the Tribe is responsible for ensuring preservation of culture and comprehensive social, health and economic programs for the betterment of our citizens.

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, tribal leaders held focus group meetings with tribal citizens to discuss the rapidly changing environment of UHN settlements. The communities overwhelming responded that cultural preservation is paramount in this changing environment. In preserving tribal culture tribal citizens expressed the increasing need for a tribal "home" where they can connect and continue to share, experience and preserve tribal culture. This project further developed during a partnership and planning meeting with the French Consulate and his staff in 2011. From this point the "L'Crevisse" Project was born.

Recognizing that "L'Crevisse" ideally needs to serve multiple purposes and include income generating options for sustainability, the Cultural Center is also intended to be a multi-purpose complex that will contain:
● A museum where tribal history, art and culture can be explored by tourists as well as tribal citizens
● A French Immersion charter school to support the preservation of the French language
● Meeting rooms and a large gathering space that could also provide convention/meeting space
● A restaurant and gift shop that could provide catering services to the convention activities
● Tribal headquarters to support operations and provide a hub for emergency preparedness

Today through our partnership with the Foundation de France and world renowned French Architect, Rudy Ricciotti, we have plans in hand to build in the design of the symbol at the center of the UHN's creation story, the Crawfish or "L'Crevisse." With 13.9 acres of property secured as well as architectural drawings, the UHN is seeking to advance the project to the next step, which is Master Planning for actual construction. At this point in time, the project is projected to cost $20+M that is intended to be phased over a 5-year period. The funds for GIVENOLA are being designated to advance this project while also leveraging the contributions of our citizens and supporters. Yakoke et Bien Merci!